2015 was an eventful year and it’s coming to a close. I wanted to try to take a look at some of the bookish trends that have happened over the year. Now granted, I was on hiatus for roughly half the year and am a little out of the loop on some things so we’ll see how this goes. Without further ado, here’s…
What was popular in 2015
For some reason high fantasy was really popular this year. For a while, it seemed like dystopians ruled the book world, but now it seems like gears have shifted to focus on high fantasy instead. I feel like most of the books published this year that had a lot of buzz surrounding it were high fantasy novels like Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, An Ember in the Ashes by by Sabaa Tahir, and A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I wonder if the popularity of The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas had anything to do with influencing this trend??
This phrase has always been used a lot to describe novels, usually contemporary ones, but I feel like it more so than previous years. It feels like so many of the contemporary novels published this year were tear jerkers or ones that were talented at provoking emotions. Or maybe it was just the ones I read?
Forget about John Cena, John Green had a big year. With the success of The Fault in Our Stars and its movie adaption, it feels like movie studios are rushing to option his other books. I don’t think he has published any more full-length novels since the publication of TFiOS but more and more people are reading his books. To be fair, TFiOS was a really big hit and maybe its success is what influenced the “beautifully written” trend that may or may not have happened.
It was announced that Looking for Alaska is going to be made into a film next year. The adaptation of Paper Towns also came out this year which caused even more buzz around his books. Speaking of book to movie adaptations…
Adaptations of Books
It seems like Hollywood has lost all of its creativity and is now looking at books to provide a basic outline for a movie. That or the fact they have realized that books can be cash cows. They do have a built-in fanbase which means guaranteed sales… The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare was made into a TV show after its movie adaptation tanked a few years ago. It’s supposed to premiere next month on ABC Family. The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner is being wrapped up with the filming for The Death Cure scheduled for next year. The movie version of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is supposed to be released next month. And I already mentioned John Green’s books.
That’s all the trends I can think of right now.
What do you think?
Are there any trends I forgot?
Do you agree/disagree with my list?